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Centres speak volumes on interest


Jackie Whitelaw's article on the way to raise the profile of engineering was exactly right (NCE 14 February) .

The same edition also featured an article on the Anderton Boat Lift. After completion of restoration last September, British Waterways arranged a series of technical lectures on the repairs, and opened them to the public.

The response was terrific and much higher than we predicted.

The lectures were highly technical but we had to manage queues of people interested to learn about our engineering achievements.

Our visitor centre at Standedge near Marsden, Yorkshire celebrates the engineering challenges of the past and the modern achievement of the recently completed restoration of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. It is proving to be extremely popular.

We anticipate the same with BW's visitor centres at the Falkirk Wheel and the Anderton Boat Lift which are presently under construction. With careful promotion the main task becomes dealing with the queues!

Derek Cochrane (M), regional director, British Waterways, North West Region, Navigation Road Northwich, Cheshire CW8 1BH

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